Last night, Deepika Padukone attended her first Met Gala. And while whispers of “Who’s that girl?” followed the striking Indian actress as she made stateside fashion waves, her name is worth committing to memory—Padukone is one of the world’s most powerful actresses and recently made the transition from Bollywood to Hollywood in Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
It may have been her inaugural tour at the high-octane event, but she’s no stranger to the spotlight—Padukone has a staggering 17 million followers on Instagram and counting. For the occasion, she chose a look that leaned toward the poetic side of the Costume Institute’s theme, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” opting for an ethereal—and nearly backless—dress by all-American designer Tommy Hilfiger and starry Fred Leighton jewels worthy of a modern muse.
To get her photo ready, she also called on celebrity hair whiz Harry Josh, who, armed with an artillery of brushes, irons, and blow-dryers, slicked her long, dark lengths back into a center-parted, low-slung chignon topped by a constellation of glittering diamond ornaments. The final touch? A dramatic flick of black kohl liner. Here, a look at how Padukone transformed into a red carpet siren by anyone’s standards.